Otto Zoo proposal for Bienvenue 2019 is conceived with the works of Meris Angioletti
(Bergamo, 1977. Lives and works in Paris) and Franco Arocha (Guatemala, 1992. Lives and
works in Mexico City).
Meris Angioletti's research is structured on a vast theoretical and cultural base: esotericism,
philosophy, psychology and science are only a few of the materials that feed her works. The
process of translating them into a form comes about through the deconstruction of these
concepts on the basis of shared formal partitions that act as a chorus and that rely on diverse
materials - from light to tapestries, from photos to performances. A large part of her art
develops around the concept of testimony as an entity outside the realm of events. Her voice
and that of all the other witnesses are possibilities for truth, a totality of viewpoints to give us
back the most complete and truthful version of a story. At Bienvenue Otto Zoo would present a
large tapestry, Arcana II, which refers to the second of Tarot’s Major Arcana, The High
Priestess, where abstract forms and colors are inspired by historical avant-garde. Together
with this work, a recent series of shadowgraphs (or photogenic drawings in Fox Talbot’s
words) titled D-76 will be presented.
Franco Arocha, a painter and a performer, has recently begun a series of works about urban
surfaces. After collecting fragments of wall plaster, paint or graffiti, his work consists of
creating, with these remains, painterly collages that become portraits of towns, urban
memories and stratification. At Bienvenue Otto Zoo would present a selection of the works he
accomplished during his residency period in Italy (sponsored by Otto Zoo) which are inspired by
his stays in Venice, Rome and Naples.
Connected by color's nuances and by the concept of stratification which features both their
works, the dialogue between the two artists is also enhanced by the aim of defining identity by
different and external insights.